Princess Margaret’s grandson Arthur Chatto has told of the gruelling training regime he undertook ahead of a 2,000 mile rowing challenge he completed for charity last year.
Arthur, 22, took part in the 2,000-mile GB Row Challenge around the UK last summer. His team, who all lived together at the time, were able to compete in the event during the pandemic – the only group able to do so amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In a video Q&A for the gym he works at, BoundFitness, Arthur, spoke of his preparation for the challenge, which he said was very physically demanding.
Arthur, who is the son of Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, also opened up about his decision to join the British Marines.
He was 21 when he set off on the Row challenge, on July 8 of last year, completing it around five weeks later on August 16.
He has now revealed the intense regime he followed to get him into shape.
Arthur said the “mental” training involved an hour and a half of rowing every day with an additional hour-long strength session, reports Mail Online .
There would also be a two-hour strength session twice a week mixed with some “cross fit style” metabolic circuits.
“We’d call them endurance circuits and they’d be about two hours long, so it was just nice and varied,” he added.
Speaking of the challenge itself, the young royal said the challenge’s route was a particularly difficult aspect of the task.
“You’ve got the Irish Sea, you’ve got Scotland, you’ve got the North Sea, and so you can never settle into a rhythm because everywhere you go it’s changing and it’s different,” he said.
The team of rowers raised funds for Just One Ocean as well as the British Red Cross – a move Arthur said was inspired by the charity’s work through the pandemic.
Arthur was greeted at the finish, at London’s St Katherine Docks, by his girlfriend Lizzie Friend and his family.
His incredible completion of the challenge came ahead of the announcement that he would be the first royal to join the Marines – making the Queen “proud”.
An insider said: “Arthur Chatto has been accepted to train as an officer in the Royal Marines.
“He told the Queen all about it and she’s pleased and proud. Arthur has even been going off into the wilds at Balmoral with all his kit and camping out as he prepares for the commando training.
Arthur juggled his geography studies at Edinburgh University with his work as a personal trainer at BoundFitness gym.
The “inclusive” gym opened last year, and is described online as focusing on the “mental health benefits” of exercise.
A profile of Arthur shared on Instagram describes the young royal as a “level 3 personal trainer” specialising in strength and endurance training with a “military focus”.
He reportedly got into personal training as it had helped his mental health as well as his physical health, and he wanted others to experience these benefits.
Arthur is the grandson of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret. His mum is Lady Sarah Chatto, Margaret’s only daughter, who is said to be Her Majesty’s favourite niece.
He is 29th in line to the throne and previously had a huge following on his now-deleted Instagram account.